Individual Counseling and Therapists in Bourbonnais, Illinois 2017-09-19T16:44:24-04:00

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Individual Counseling

When searching for answers to solve some of the common problems people reach out for professional help. The list is general but offer a way at looking the diverse ways that counseling touches people’s lives for the better.

Emotional Issues

When emotional problems threaten to become overwhelming or interfere with everyday life, there’s no need to feel defeated. Counseling can be a forum where you can work through your emotional problems that are either due to recent events or are more long standing. You can explore how you deal with problems and discover self-defeating patterns of thought and behavior that get in your way. You can also learn to connect with your feelings and deepen your sense of identity.

Work Stressors

The work environment can present many obstacles and difficulties. Coworkers, bosses, time management, and balancing work with family life can all present as challenges. Through individual counseling, you can learn negotiation skills, conflict resolutions skills, and time management skills to help make your work life more successful.


The road to becoming fully satisfied with your life can be bumpy, and take turns that you do not expect. Counseling can help you to examine where you need to make changes to live a more authentic, purposeful and fulfilling life. Enrich your quality of life by learning to face your fears and improve your self-esteem. You can learn more about your strengths and vulnerabilities and use what you discover about yourself to be more successful, comfortable, and joyful.

Interpersonal Issues

Sometimes people have difficulty communicating and interacting with others well. Focusing on interpersonal issues in therapy can help you to become more skilled at dealing with difficult people and strengthen your social skills. Goals of counseling may be to help you identify and change interpersonal dynamics and develop more effective ways of dealing with others. This will in turn change the quality of your relationships.

Assertiveness Training

Assertiveness is the ability to express yourself and your rights without violating the rights of others, and that you can ask for what you need without apologizing or feeling defensive. Assertiveness training teaches you how to express feelings honestly, directly and non-critically. Acting assertively will allow you to feel self-confident and will generally help you gain you the respect of your peers and friends.

Overcoming Depression

Persistent sadness and hopelessness do not need to be suffered through. Counseling can help you to pinpoint the life problems that contribute to your depression, and help you understand which aspects of those problems can be solved. With therapy, you can set realistic goals that enable you to enhance your mental and emotional well-being. One goal may be to help you identify negative or distorted thinking patterns that contribute to feelings of hopelessness and helplessness that accompany depression. Or you may explore other learned thoughts and behaviors that create problems and contribute to depression. For example, therapy can help depressed individuals understand and improve patterns of interacting with other people that contribute to their depression.

It is important to treat depression, and not hope that it just goes away on its own. Having one episode of depression greatly increases the risk of having another episode. There is evidence that therapy may lessen the chance of future episodes or reduce their intensity. Through therapy, people can learn skills to avoid unnecessary suffering from later bouts of depression.

Therapy can help you to:

  • Feel hopeful about the future
  • Help you regain a sense of control and pleasure in life again
  • Stop avoiding social situations
  • Increase your feelings of self-worth
  • Change your pessimistic and negative outlook
  • Regain your ability to focus and concentrate again, possibly with the help of medications
  • Become more engaged with friends and family

Conquering Anxiety

Everyone feels anxious and under stress from time to time. Situations such as meeting tight deadlines, important social obligations or driving in heavy traffic often bring about anxious feelings. When one has constant worry, fears about engaging in social situations, or panic attacks, then therapy can remedy the symptoms.

Anxiety disorders may cause severe distress over a period of time and disrupt the lives of individuals suffering from them, and the family members who care about them. With effective therapy, you can learn to understand how your thoughts contribute to the symptoms of anxiety and how to change those thought patterns to reduce the likelihood of occurrence and intensity of your anxiety.

Therapy can help you to:

  • Decrease worrisome thoughts
  • Manage stressful situations
  • Feel more confident in social or performance situations
  • Confront and resolve fears
  • Stop feeling helpless and powerless in stressful situations
  • Stop obsessing about things
  • Deal with panic attacks-sometimes in conjunction with medication prescribed by a psychiatrist
  • Confront your fears

Stress Management

Stress is an inevitable part of our lives. Deadlines, competitions, relationships, deaths/births are just some circumstances in life in which we experience stress. If stress is not managed, it can lead to emotional instability, anger, and health problems such as ulcers, high blood pressure, headaches, or stroke. The goal of stress management therapy is not to eliminate stress but to learn how to manage it. Insufficient stress acts as a depressant and may leave us feeling bored or apathetic; on the other hand, excessive stress may leave us feeling anxious or “tied up in knots.” Therapy can help you find the appropriate level of stress which will motivate but not overwhelm you. Stress management therapy assists you in developing coping skills and techniques to manage stress more effectively, and develop ways to deal with stressful life situations so you keep functioning and not feel paralyzed.

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Our counselors help individuals unravel their personal issues in a private, relaxing and professional environment.

Issues we can help with:

  • Emotional Issues
  • Work Stressors
  • Self Improvement
  • Interpersonal Issues
  • Assertiveness Training
  • Overcoming Depression

  • Conquering Anxiety
  • Stress Management
  • Divorce Recovery
  • Life Transitions
  • Parenting Skills
  • Relationship Building

Make An Appointment

Contact Life in Balance Clinical Counseling Services at 815-828-9511 or complete our new patient registration. It all starts with a call!